WATCH | Mazda MX-5, Porsche 718 Cayman - these lightweight cars come packed with rear-wheel drive fun

<i>Image: PA Media</i>
<i>Image: PA Media</i>

Whether you're a purist or a natural born-and-bred petrolhead, there is just something special about a lightweight, nimble sports car and the sheer driving pleasure it brings.

Throw a rear-wheel drive configuration and a chassis weighing just under or above a ton together, and you have the perfect balance of power and agility.

Not all about speed

While these cars aren't particularly fast in a straight line, they offer plenty of fun on twisty or wet roads. It is here where it truly showcases its superb power to weight characteristics.

READ: Looking for a 'new car'? The used vehicle market is trending

There are a number of examples to choose from in the local market with the Mazda MX-5 and Toyota 86 are esome of the noteworthy options that come to mind. Or, if you're looking for a used option, these might be very difficult to find, but doing some research could help you discover a rare Honda S2000, Toyota MR-2, or even an Ariel Atom.

Compiled by Robin Classen

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